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  • A Halcion high may feel similar to alcohol intoxication and include feelings of sedation, euphoria, and relaxation.

    Halcion (the brand name for triazolam) is a benzodiazepine prescription drug and a Schedule IV controlled substance. This means it has potential for abuse and can cause a high.

    Used to help treat sleep disorders such as insomnia, Halcion affects the central nervous system (CNS) and the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitter in the brain. 

    While this medication has a short half-life, it can still create effects that can cause a person to continually seek out and use the drug.

    Effects Of A Halcion High

    The use of Halcion can produce a high and feelings similar to alcohol use. Those who take more of the dose prescribed may experience a high which can result in feelings of profound sedation.

    The relaxation one feels while abusing Halcion is due to the fact that Halcion is a CNS depressant. Those who take large doses of Halcion or abuse this benzodiazepine in any manner can develop a number of side effects in addition to the high they experience.

    Short-Term Side Effects

    According to the National Library of Medicine, some of the common side effects of Halcion use may include:

    • nervousness
    • lightheadedness
    • sedation
    • nausea
    • drowsiness
    • dizziness
    • vomiting
    • headache
    • memory loss

    Long-Term Side Effects

    Those who use Halcion long-term may begin to experience a range of effects. Because this prescription drug is meant for short-term use, long-term use may result in a person developing side effects such as:

    • low blood pressure
    • aggression
    • hallucinations
    • sleep walking
    • physical dependence
    • overdose

    In addition to this, a person may experience Halcion withdrawal symptoms if they abruptly stop taking their medication. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states Halcion withdrawal symptoms may include severe cravings for the drug, rebound insomnia, and an increase in heart rate and blood pressure.

    Halcion Overdose

    Those who participate in Halcion drug abuse to get high may increase their risk of overdose. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some of the symptoms of a Halcion overdose may include:

    • respiratory depression
    • confusion
    • fluctuations in body temperature
    • fluctuations in blood pressure
    • confusion
    • seizures
    • severe sleepiness
    • loss of consciousness

    If an overdose is expected, seek urgent medical attention.

    Halcion Abuse For A Stronger High

    Those who participate in Halcion substance use may begin to take higher doses of the drug to increase its effects. This can result in a number of serious health problems.

    Polysubstance Use

    Some who take Halcion may want to increase their high by combining other medications or alcohol with the drug. This can lead to life-threatening adverse effects, allergic reactions, and dangerous drug interactions.

    To avoid adverse reactions, some of the medications you should refrain from taking with Halcion include:

    • other benzodiazepines
    • opioids
    • stimulants
    • antidepressants
    • antihistamines
    • sedatives

    Contact your healthcare provider before taking any of these medications in combination with Halcion.

    Other Routes Of Administration

    Serious side effects can take place when Halcion is snorted or injected. Not only can a person experience the worsening of withdrawal symptoms due to the heavy amount of the drug taken, other effects may pose damage to your body.

    For instance, those who snort Halcion can experience nosebleeds, a chronic runny nose, and even damage to the nasal mucous membranes. Crushing the pill, combining it with liquid, and injecting Halcion into a vein can leave abscesses on the skin and may create collapsed veins.

    This type of drug abuse can increase the risk of a Halcion overdose.

    Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

    If you or a loved one are struggling with Halcion addiction, various treatment programs at a treatment center can assist you on your road to recovery.


    One of the first steps in the treatment process is undergoing detoxification. Through detoxification, your body can rid itself of any unwanted toxins caused by drug use.

    Detox may only be a short-term process, but can prove to be beneficial in the first stages of treatment for benzodiazepine addiction.

    Inpatient/Outpatient Programs

    Depending on the treatment plan that’s right for you, an inpatient or outpatient treatment option may be helpful. Inpatient options allow you to stay at a facility to receive care while outpatient options provide extensive treatment in which you can participate on certain days of the week.

    For information on our prescription drug addiction treatment options, please contact us today.

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2023 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    Food and Drug Administration - Halcion
    Korean Journal of Anesthesiology - The effect of triazolam premedication on anxiety, sedation, and amnesia in general anesthesia
    National Institute on Drug Abuse - What are prescription CNS depressants?
    National Library of Medicine: LiverTox - Triazolam
    National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Triazolam

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on October 21, 2022
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